Bio


Exhibitions:

Group Exhibition, Jordan Gallery Niagara, February 2007

June 21- Sept. 23, 2007; Permanent Collection Gallery, Art Gallery of Peel
'Combining art and artefacts from the collections of the Art Gallery of Peel
and the Region of Peel Museum, this exhibition examines the concepts of
the missing, the vanishing and the obsolete with works by
Cheryl Simon, Philip Coman, Harley Parker'

Juror, Mississauga Arts Awards, June 2006

Group Exhibit of Paintings & Photographs, Nov-Dec 2004, Art Gallery of Peel

Supporting material: The Responsive Eye: Ralph T. Coe and the Collecting of American Indian Art,
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Sept 9 - Dec 16, 2003

*Juror's Choice- the Cutruzzola Award, 30th Juried Show, Art Gallery of Peel April-May, 2003

Solo exhibition, Fox Talbot Museum, England, March 1 -May 1, 1998

Aspects of the Collection, Art Gallery of Peel, Aug 12 -Sept 13, 1998

Solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of Peel, Brampton, Nov-Dec, 1995

*Juror's Choice Award, Mystic Art Association Photographic Exhibition, Mystic, Connecticut, July, 1995

Solo exhibition at the Laurier Gallery, Toronto, 1994

Group exhibition, Toronto Image Works Gallery, Toronto, 1988

Group exhibition, University of Toronto, 1986


Humanus Transformations

Grimsby Public Art Gallery (OAAG)

Sept 4 - Nov 21, 2021

Curator: Laura Arseneau

THE INDUSTRIAL LANDSCAPE: ABSTRACTION, CONVERGENCE & SYMMETRY


Laura Arseneau's Introduction:

"Phil Coman sees through his camera lens the beauty found in the dereliction of man-made environments. In his hands, what he sees as the imprint of human travail - what many may see as ugly, becomes stunningly beautiful.
Technically, this is achieved through a labour intensive process using a 50 megapixel Canon 5DSR camera and painstaking compositing. Evoking industrial landscapes of the 19th C, Coman resurrects the interest in large scale, distant views, the evidence of human engineering. Yet when one looks close up, an astonishing detail belies the logic of optics. An open pit mine, captured in fleeting Arizona light, has as much textural and sensory detail in the foreground as in the background, miles away.
Another slight of hand in this series is the symmetry of composition. Coman calls it the 'Alpha Centauri' effect, alluding to when our solar system had a binary twin sun. In the Port Colborne images of discarded castings, Coman says 'The symmetry reveals so much more than the literal patterns and textures...interesting dynamics start to happen. Which is the true half?' A very intriguing experiment arises visually with two hemispheres. He has paired 8 of the photographs in this collection, each demanding close study"



Mine AZ #1 40x60 inches framed

Mine AZ #2 40x60 inches framed

Mine AZ #3 40x60 inches framed

Mine AZ #4 40x60 inches framed

Mine AZ #5 40x60 inches framed

Mine AZ #6 40x60 inches framed

Port Colborne Forge #1 40x60 inches framed

Port Colborne Forge #2 40x60 inches framed

Jet Salvage, AZ 40x60 inches framed

Port of Tacoma #20 40x60 inches framed

Port Colborne #11 40x60 inches framed

Port Colborne #10 40x60 inches framed

Port of Tacoma Cafe 40x60 inches framed

Port of Tacoma #21 40x60 inches framed

Surplus Quarry Equipment 40x60 inches framed